Good question!  Here’s a round-up of my favorite recipes and recipes that I’m dying to try.  Half of the time, these vegetarian crockpot recipes COULD be made in the oven or stovetop (just like all meat-based crockpot recipes, I guess!), but I love the crockpot because 1) it’s a set-it-and-forget-it kind of the thing and 2) it doesn’t require I burn a ton of electricity via my stove.


Sweet Potatoes in the Slow Cooker by Super Healthy Kids

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I’ve mentioned this several times, but YOU MUST COOK SWEET POTATOES IN THE SLOW COOKER.  It is amazing, so easy, and results in buttery, perfect potatoes.  Best of all – you don’t have to run your stove forever.  It’s super simple, too – all you do is wash the potatoes, stab them with a fork, put some cooking spray on the bottom (to prevent sticking), and turn it on.  That’s it – no foil, no oil, nothing else.  As a side note, I’ve tried this with regular potatoes and it doesn’t work as well.  Sad face!



Mushrooms Over Everything


I will lovingly refer to this as Mushrooms Over Everything because, well, you can put this mushroom dish over anything.  Rice, pasta, quinoa, a bed of warm kale.  Or just eat it plain!  The veggies are swimming in this dreamy, creamy sauce that is created using hummus – so it’s actually a vegan crockpot recipe.


Crock Pot Cranberry Sauce from Peas and Crayons


If you’re looking for a vegetarian-friendly Thanksgiving menu, check out our menu from 2012 (oh, and add the Delicata Squash Honey Mustard Quinoa).  Our menu included this awesome crockpot dish for cranberry sauce.


Sweet Potato Lentil Chili by fAnneTastic Food


Although not originally a crockpot dish, Anne says you could make it in the crockpot by simply putting all the ingredients in the crockpot on low for about 5 hours.


Slow Cooker Lentil Chili by Two Peas and Their Pod


Another lentil chili recipe that I’m dying to try – this one strikes me as more “traditional” than Anne’s (i.e. based with tomatoes, onion, garlic, peppers and other usual chili fixins) but just as potentially tasty! 


Crock Pot Carrot Ginger Soup by Peanut Butter Fingers


Julie says, “This sweet potato lentil chili is the perfect meal for a cold winter day, packed with nutrients and fiber from the sweet potatoes, lentils, and veggies. Your guests will love it — and they won’t even know it’s healthy. Feel free to leave out any of the veggies you don’t like or don’t have, with the exception of the sweet potatoes, which make this dish. Onions, mushrooms, and hot sauce will also be great additions.”


Slow Cooker Gluten Free Chocolate Cake with Fudge Sauce


Okay – that’s not a picture of the cake.  That’s actually my Chocolate Covered Brownie Balls.  But the chocolate cake linked above doesn’t come with a picture.  I’m dying to make it regardless because 1) it doesn’t have a bunch of weird gluten-free ingredients (just one gluten-free all purpose flour) and 2) it sounds freaking delicious.


Crockpot “Refried” Beans by Pennies and Pancakes

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These cost you a mere $0.19 a cup!  Nice.  I heard about the recipe on Money Saving Mom  and thought it was similar to how I make crockpot lentils.  This recipe would be great on burritos or hard-shell tacos, on top of brown rice, or plain with lots of roasted veggies on the side!



  • Karen November 18, 2014, 7:38 am

    This sound so good! Must try the cake recipe!

    I am a little confused by the title though? Do you use all canned vegies in these recipes?

  • Erica { } November 18, 2014, 8:26 am

    These all look incredible! I’ve had a crockpot for years but I’ve only used it once in a VERY failed attempt at slow-cooker oatmeal.

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul November 18, 2014, 8:42 am

    Josh and I have been wanting to use our crockpot more. This is perfect. Thanks for the roundup!

  • Lindsey @ Simply Lindsey November 18, 2014, 8:50 am

    These are great crockpot recipes! I need to try making baked potatoes in the crockpot sometime soon. It seems so easy!

  • Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon November 18, 2014, 10:08 am

    Love this roundup! I use my slow cooker all the time for veggie dishes – I made a pinterest board to keep all the recipes I’ve found organized if you want to check it out too!

  • Amber B. November 18, 2014, 10:46 am

    Thanks for the recipes! I’m going to try out the Crockpot Cranberry Sauce for Thanksgiving this year. I would love the recipe for the Sweet Potato Lentil soup but the link is broken. 🙁

  • Kristen November 18, 2014, 10:50 am

    mushrooms over everything? sold.

  • Courtney! November 18, 2014, 1:36 pm

    I love your Mushrooms Over Everything. I’ve made it (and variations of it) dozens of times since you first posted it!

  • Carrie (This Fit Chick) November 18, 2014, 2:46 pm

    mushrooms over everything? Sounds perfect to me!

  • Anne @fANNEtasticfood November 19, 2014, 11:30 am

    Thank you so much for including my sweet potato lentil chili! 🙂 Just an FYI you put the description of it under Julie’s recipe by accident. 🙂

    • Caitlin November 20, 2014, 9:30 am

      whoops! will fix : )

  • Katie November 19, 2014, 1:08 pm

    I love this! I rarely use my crockpot (and I have two!)… I make vegetable stock with leftover veggie scraps that I’ve stored in the freezer and I’ve made beans (black beans usually). I can’t wait to try the sweet potato crockpot method!

  • Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut November 19, 2014, 2:26 pm

    I made crockpot veggie lasagna over the weekend and have been eating for lunch all week! It was so easy – basically just 3 layers of sauce/noodles/ricotta/mozzarella/kale on High for 3 hours – then let it sit for 1-2 hours to absorb liquid. It’s tasty!

  • Espie November 19, 2014, 11:43 pm

    I was gifted a crockpot last year for Christmas and I love it! I’m not a very good cook and am back to being a full-time student on a budget so it’s the perfect kitchen appliance. I made veggie enchilada casserole in the CP on Monday and am still working through it 🙂 Thanks for posting recommendations!

  • AnnaLaura Brown November 27, 2014, 9:29 pm

    You have some interesting and unique ideas here. It never even occurred to me to cook sweet potatoes in the crockpot. I’ll need to try that. I usually think of soups when I think of crockpot cooking.

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